BANGKOK, Dec. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Thai military must abide by the rules amid the current political unrest, Supreme Commander Thanasak Patimaprakorn said on Saturday afternoon.
Thanasak made the remarks at a public forum attended by Suthep Thaugsuban, secretary-general of the anti-government People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC), and some other groups.
Since Wednesday, Suthep has tried to seek a meeting with the top military brass to explain the PDRC's reform plans and obtain support from the military leaders.
Thanasak made clear the military's stance, saying that the 420, 000 troops under his command, if not disciplined with rules and approving of any request, would become like bandits.
The forum would reach no conclusions, Thanasak said, adding it provided an opportunity for all sides to voice their opinions on how to make Thailand a better country.
The PDRC on Saturday also held a forum of its own, at which Suthep urged all academics to join in to establish an unelected " people's council" and carry out a political reform.
Suthep insisted that reform is needed before the general election, which is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2014.
More than 40 countries, including the United States, China, Russia, Britain and France, have expressed support for the planned election, caretaker Foreign Minister Surapong Towichakchaikul said on Saturday.
These countries are supportive of resolving the current political crisis in a peaceful, democratic and constitutional manner, Surapong said.
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